Television

Ranking the Live-Action Members of Superman’s Supporting Cast

Although Superman first appeared in pages of 1938’s Action Comics #1, no single medium could contain the Last Son of Krypton. Within ten years, the Man of Steel started showing up on toy store shelves, in a radio show, and, of course, on the screen. Since the 1948 Republic Pictures serial Superman starring Kirk Alyn, we have …

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How WandaVision’s Monica Rambeau Teaches Us to Love Our Neighbors

As a TV series that mixes the spectacle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with homages to classic sitcoms, the Disney+ series “WandaVision” seems like a perfect escapist fantasy. Each of the seven episodes aired thus far has placed Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and her husband Vision (Paul Bettany) from the “Avengers” films in comedic farces …

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Meet Agatha Harkness, the Scheming Witch of WandaVision

Although each episode takes on the tone and setting of a different classic sitcom, one thing has remained constant throughout the Disney+ series WandaVision: Kathryn Hahn’s show-stealing performance as Agnes, the nosey neighbor. In every new incarnation of domestic farce experienced by the Scarlet Witch Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and her husband Vision (Paul Bettany), Agnes …

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Star Trek: Discovery Is Even More Relevant Post-Trump

“Die Trying,” the fifth episode of Star Trek: Discovery’s third season, begins with the crew smiling. After traveling through time from the 24th century to the 32nd century at the end of season two, the U.S.S. Discovery crew spent four episodes regrouping and searching for the headquarters of the United Federation of Planets and its military-exploration …

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6 Perfect Episodes of MST3K to Help You Really Just Relax

Imagine this: a person stuck inside, all alone with nothing to do but watch movies (while occasionally receiving confusing and misleading reports from the people who are ostensibly in charge). That might seem to describe most people in the world right now, but it’s actually about the future. The not-too-distant future, in fact… It is, …

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10 Star Trek Stories Inspired by Horror Movie Classics

Few franchises have contributed to the popular imagination like Star Trek. Even people who have never watched a single episode or movie understand references to Klingons, the Borg, or the Enterprise. But Star Trek also received its share of influence from other properties, including horror movies. Here’s a list of ten episodes and movies that draw from scary stories, …

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Guilt, Grief, and Ghosts in The Haunting of Bly Manor

An au pair looks into the mirror and sees fiery eyes peering back at her.  A guilty man finds his malevolent double staring at him with an accusing grin.  A worried housekeeper discovers inexplicable cracks in unusual places on the manor grounds.  Frightening images such as these define the Netflix series The Haunting of Bly Manor. …

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Higher Purposes and Star Trek: Lower Decks

In the animated Star Trek spinoff, the lower-ranking officers are blessed with the sort of attention usually reserved for the bridge. On the distant planet K’Tuevon Prime, four officers of the United Federation of Planets—the galactic coalition at the center of the Star Trek franchise—stand before an inquisitor called Clar (voiced by Kurtwood Smith). From the shadows …

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Five Lessons from the Star Trek Mirror Universe

Some days, it feels like we’re living in an alternate reality. It’s like we’ve slipped through some mysterious portal and ended up in a world where powerful governments fumble pandemic responses. A world where demagogues make moral arguments that place profits over people. A world more cruel than the one we thought we knew. Alternate …

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